It’s been the “will they, won’t they?” national final comeback. But now Serbia‘s broadcaster RTS has finally confirmed that they will indeed bring back the Beovizija national final.
The news was shared on today social media. The broadcaster told fans to “Follow us on #Monday and find out everything about this year’s national selection for the @Eurovision!”
— RTS | Serbia ESC (@SerbiaESC) January 19, 2018
The return of Beovizija has been an eventful process. Back in August, the broadcaster launched open entry for an internal selection process. Back then, the broadcaster said that around ten entries would be shortlisted and performed on Serbian television. However, this would not be a national final and the act for Lisbon would still be selected by an internal jury.
Then in October, RTS’s entertainment editor Olivera Kovacevic confirmed the return of Beovizija. At the time, the plan was that a shortlist of 12 finalists would perform at the grand final of Beovizija sometime in February 2018. The winning entry would be chosen by a combined jury vote and televote.
Later the same month, the entry period for was extended. At that stage, the broadcaster had not decided if Beovizija would involve one show or two, and the location had not been decided either.
The competition rules were also published, noting that the broadcaster wanted a song in a “fun and popular style” that was performed in one of the national languages of Serbia.
Last month, the broadcaster revealed they had received 75 entries. However, at this stage it seemed less certain that Beovizija would return. The broadcaster did not mention the national final by name, and instead said the selection plans would be revealed in due course.
But now it seems that RTS has settled on a return to Beovizija.
Beovizija was used as Serbia’s national selection between 2007 and 2009, where it delivered a Eurovision win and a top-six result in 2008. Serbia also managed to place third in 2012, but has since fallen on harder times, crashing out in the semis in 2013 and more recently last year in 2017.
Serbia will join the Czech Republic, France, Montenegro and Serbia in returning to a national final format to select their song for Eurovision 2018.
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